The MSPH in Behavioral Health prepares students for careers oriented toward research, evaluation, translational research, implementation sciences and investigating co-occurring mental and physical disorders as well as research in co-occurring mental and substance-use disorders. Graduates are prepared for employment in academic(including research and/or teaching) and other research settings addressing alcohol, drug abuse and mental disorders. Each area of specialization and the corresponding program of study are developed on an individual basis, guided by the student's interests and areas of expertise. A supervisory committee of three faculty members assists the student in planning appropriate coursework and directing the thesis. This program of study may be especially relevant to students whose future plans include a doctoral degree.
The Behavioral Health Concentration (defined as the study of alcohol, drug abuse, and mental disorders from a population or public health perspective) at the University of South Florida is a unique opportunity within an accredited College/School of Public Health in the United States that offers a Behavioral Health Concentration/Behavioral Health Focus in the following degree programs: MPH; MSW/MPH; MA(Anthropology)/MPH; PhD(Anthropology)/MPH; MSPH; PhD; and DrPH. It is only 1 of 6 programs nationally offering a specialization in behavioral health within a college/school of public health.
Graduates from the MSPH Behavioral Health Concentration will be prepared to: